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Alternatives to Yasmin.

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bonzo77 Sun 17-Mar-13 12:46:14

I was on microgynon for years with no problem, except regular headaches. I went onto Yasmin as my skin was bad, and it was fine for a year or so, then I stopped it to TTC. After DS1 was born I went back on it, but stopped after about 9 months partly because I felt it was causing an itchy vag and also in preparation for TTC. Having had DS2 14 weeks ago, I've been back on it for about 10 weeks. With the first packet I had some spotting from about day 14 onwards. Took the normal break and started the next packet. Then got what I thought was thrush. I used cream and an oral capsule, which I was told meant that I needed to use extra contraception for 7 days, and go straight to the next packet without taking a break if my current packet finished before the 7 days did. Which is what happened. I still have itchy vag, but now no (TMI) cottage cheese discharge, which I did initially.

So... is the itch actually nothing to do with thrush and actually the Yasmin?
What to do next? We need contraception, and will probably TTC again in the next couple of years, so I'm not keen on a coil (though would be in the future). I'm happy to use hormonal contraception, but I'm not sure that a mini- pill wold be suitable because I know you have to be more careful to take it at the same time each day than you do a combined pill. Condoms are not really an option, we both hate the way they feel, and they do tend to irritate me. Can you still get diaphragms?

bonzo77 Mon 18-Mar-13 23:09:31


Bugsylugs Mon 18-Mar-13 23:19:09

What are your preferences ? Do you or family have health issues? Intake it you are not breast feeding?

All cocp can cause thrush due to the oestrogen but you may find a different one better. Other products with both hormones the patch and the ring.The diaphragm still exists

The progesterone only pill has a quicker return to fertility cerazette has a 12 hour window for remembering it. Or there is the injection or implant plus mirena or the copper co

Bugsylugs Mon 18-Mar-13 23:20:19

Sorry I take it

Yasmin should not really be used unless no other alternatives

Bugsylugs Mon 18-Mar-13 23:21:36

Go on the family planning association site they have great leaflets on all types of contraception

bonzo77 Tue 19-Mar-13 10:10:31

Bugsy that's really helpful, thank you. I'm not breast feeding, am on sertralline at the moment for anxiety but hope to start coming off that in the next few months. There are no health issues in my family (I assume you mean history of clots or female cancers). I don't smoke. I'm a bit nervous of a depo jab as if I don't get on with it I have to live with it for 3 months. Implant and iud too long term in case want to ttc in the next couple of years. I've heard so much bad press re cerazette, but I guess the people who are content with it don't post much on MN!

Is there such thing as a low oestrogen COCP? Are there other POPs with a longer window to take them in? It's a shame there's no progesterone -only patch or jab!

bonzo77 Tue 19-Mar-13 10:11:39

Oh, no preference, just prefer non- barrier methods and something that is rapidly and easily reversible.

Bugsylugs Wed 20-Mar-13 22:41:03

Sorry I am hopeless at returning. Only cerazette has a 12 hour window other progesterones only 3 hrs !
Depo is progesterone only but is in your system for 12 weeks. Side effect irregular bleeding weight gain. Immediately effective no oestrogen

The combined pills some have only 20 micrograms of oestrogen eg loestrin 20, mercilon, femodette .

So no real contraindications to anything

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